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“Tug on anything at all and you’ll find it connected to everything else in the universe.” . John Muir . Environmental Science . Scientific principles Economic influence Political action Compromise needed . Environment. Everything that affects an organism during its lifetime

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tug on anything at all and you ll find it connected to everything else in the universe

“Tug on anything at all and you’ll find it connected to everything else in the universe.”

John Muir

environmental science
Environmental Science
  • Scientific principles
  • Economic influence
  • Political action
  • Compromise needed
environment
Environment
  • Everything that affects an organism during its lifetime
  • Factors from many areas working together
  • Green book page 2 fig 1.1
interrelated units
Interrelated Units
  • Ecosystems
    • Region in which the organisms and the physical environment form an interacting unit
  • Boundaries are difficult to define
  • Regional concerns
global concerns
Global Concerns
  • International activities to address concerns
    • Earth Summit 1992
    • Kyoto Conference on Climate Change 1997
    • Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2005
6 major themes
6 Major Themes
  • Human population growth
  • Sustainability
  • Global perspective
  • Urbanizing
  • People and nature
  • Science and values
ethics
Ethics
  • Seeks to define what is right and what is wrong
  • What actions are wrong and
  • Why they are wrong
cultural relativism
Cultural Relativism
  • Not all cultures share the same ethical commitments
  • Laws should reflect values
  • Environmental Justice
    • Ensures that no groups bears a disproportionate burden
    • Can’t protect nature without thinking of people
environmental ethics
Environmental Ethics
  • Corporations/Individuals
  • Nations/Internationals bodies
  • Justification for different positions
ecological footprints
Ecological Footprints
  • “The area of Earth’s productive land and water required to supply the resources that an individual demands, as well as to absorb the wastes that the individual produces.”
http www myfootprint org

http://www.myfootprint.org/

Homework:

Calculate your Ecological Footprint

Print the results and turn in with a one page response paper

environmental attitudes
Environmental Attitudes
  • Development
    • anthropocentric
  • Preservation
    • ecocentric
  • Conservation
    • tries to balance anthr and eco
3 philosophical approaches
3 Philosophical Approaches
  • Anthropocentrism
    • Human centered
  • Biocentrism
    • Life centered
  • Ecocentrism
    • Earth itself has rights
three general principles of a christian environmental ethic

Three general principles of a Christian environmental ethic

2 Timothy 3:16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

principle of creation value
Principle of Creation Value
  • God created and therefore values all of His works of creation 
principle of sustained order and purpose
Principle of Sustained Order and Purpose
  • God created and sustains all elements and systems in His creation within particular orders to meet certain ongoing purposes
principle of universal corruption and redemption
Principle of Universal Corruption and Redemption
  • Everything in the created world and universe is subject to corruption by sin and ultimate redemption through Jesus Christ